Renowned for her rich contralto vocals, Toni Braxton is considered by many to be one of the best female R&B singers of the 90’s. The daughter of a former opera singer, singing seemed to have been an inherent talent for Braxton, who first began to perform at the church choir as a young girl. After having her talents discovered by chance in the 1980’s at a gas station, she made the decision to pursue a professional career as a music artist. Together with her sisters, The Braxtons signed a recording deal with Arista Records in 1989 and eventually released their first single, Good Life in 1990. Although the record was not a commercial success, it was ultimately significant in helping to kick-start Braxton’s solo careerーwhich later began in 1993 with her debut album, Toni Braxton.
Since the start of her independent music career in the early 90’s, Braxton has released numerous full-length albums over the years including Secrets (1996), The Heat (2000), Snowflakes (2001), More Than a Woman (2002), Libra (2005), amongst several others. Having grown in popularity throughout the decades, the singer has secured many industry awards including seven American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards, four Soul Train Music Awards and a MTV Video Music Award. An established R&B music icon, Braxon has sold over 67,000,000 records worldwide and is currently regarded as one of the best-selling female singers of the 90’s.
Besides her continued success as a musician, Braxton has also ventured into television where she has appeared in a handful of shows as an actress.
In 2010 she was diagnosed with lupus while she had to battle financial problems, filing for bankruptcy twice.
She settled a bankruptcy case after claiming she had run up debts of between $10million and $50million, but lost the copyright to 27 of her songs.
On November 18, 2010, Braxton admitted to CBS News that she had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease. Braxton’sbrother is also a carrier of the disease, and her uncle died of complications from lupus.
In February 2014, Braxton released a collaborative studio album with Babyface entitled Love, Marriage & Divorce. At the time, the album was also announced to be Braxton’s final studio album as she’d wanted to retire from music in order to focus on her career as an actress.